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Depression Meat Loaf

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
This recipe really does date back to the 1930's. The secret to its "just-right" texture? It's all in the mixing process. You won't believe that such a grand meat loaf can be created from so few humble ingredients...until you try it for yourself!—Violet Heaton, Portland, Oregon


  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef


  1. In a large bowl, pour milk over bread. Let stand until the milk is absorbed. Add onion, salt and pepper. Stir with fork until bread softens and is light and fluffy. Mix in ground beef. In a shallow baking dish, shape into a 7x3x2-in. loaf. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until no pink remains.

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